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Nothing Beats a Good Poop Tale

Roger Cohen’s recent column “When Nature Calls” draws a modern day lesson from a story that invokes everyone’s greatest fear: a diarrhea attack just when the bathroom is inaccessible. He writes of one such story with legal consequences, and draws from it a moral about modern America:

A man who says he desperately needed to use an airplane bathroom after eating something bad in Honduras faces a felony charge after being accused of twisting a flight attendant’s arm to get to the lavatory, the F.B.I. said.

Joao Correa, 43, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he had a bathroom emergency 30 minutes into a March 28 Delta Air Lines flight from San Pedro Sula to Atlanta but found the single coach aisle on the Boeing 737 blocked by a beverage cart. He said he asked whether he could use the lavatory in business class but was told no.

When the cart wasn’t moved after a few minutes, Mr. Correa said, he ran for the business-class lavatory. He said the flight attendant put up her arm to block him and he grabbed it to keep his balance.

A Marxist would point out how te stewardess, as a member of the proletariat, risked her limb to defend the class privilege of the elite. Does anything scream Marx more than the existence of business class on flights, with its spacious seating, superior service, and exclusive, plush bathrooms?

Cohen takes a less radical, though equally interesting, lesson from the story. He writes that Correa’s initiative should be rewarded — thinking for ourselves is badly needed. Cohen could have said more about this, but his best remark was, “We’re not going to get out of this crisis with post-9/11 fear governing our actions rather than some more generous humanity.”

Though this is speculation, I bet the Honduran’s skin color was at play. The stewardess blocking him probably thought she was being a national hero.


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